Allergies, Atopy, and Your Pet

miniature pinscher scratchingAtopy, or a genetic predisposition to developing allergic reactions to things in the environment such as dust, mold, and pollen, is one of the most common causes for seasonal skin problems in pets. Other than flea allergies, it is the most common cause of allergies in dogs.

Any breed can have atopy, but certain breeds seem to be at a higher risk. These include Golden Retrievers, most terriers, Bulldogs, Lhasa Apsos, and Bichon Frises. Atopic pets often show the first symptoms of the disease between 6 months and 3 years of age.

Symptoms

Often symptoms of atopy and environmental or seasonal allergies include:

  • Relentless scratching
  • Biting and licking in a central area
  • Shaking of the head Continue…